An agency in charge of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently concluded that the IRS got part of the new public health insurance exchange system working just fine.
Investigators at the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found that, back in early October 2013, when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was still using flint knives and abacuses made of conch shell beads to torture the people trying to enroll in exchange plans, the IRS had working computers.
The IRS computers told the HHS exchange computers, accurately, what IRS files said about exchange plan applicants. IRS computers also were good at using applicant information to calculate exchange plan premium subsidy levels.
Some readers noted that TIGTA looked at only about 100,000 transactions and wondered whether that sample was big enough. For me, another issue is when the transactions occurred.
On the one hand, it’s great that the IRS was on the ball enough to have smoothly working exchange program computers in October.